Cairns Tips April 13
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Race 4 - 3:35PM TAB LONG MAY WE PLAY BENCHMARK 70 Handicap (950 METRES)
Next Best 🥈No. 3 BOLD TYPE $2.70 Bet Now!
The Steve Massingham stablemates are both first-up here and could end up fighting this one out but with the more experienced Chris Whiteley aboard, I see BOLD TYPE as the better of the two today. Last start, the Written Tycoon gelding gave the leaders too much start and despite storming home, had to be happy with third prize on the day (beaten less than half a length in a three-way go to the line). Due to his whirlwind finish, he covered the 950m, 1 length quicker than benchmark, the best here by 4 lengths. His last 600m was just as impressive, covering that 5 lengths quicker than the standard, 3 lengths better than this field. Barriers are of little importance here in the small field and he is expected to settle off the pace in his usual role. Already a two-time winner when first-up and has saluted on the Cannon Park track twice in his three runs here, he will take beating today.
Race 5 - 4:10PM F J WIELAND RACING Class 3 Handicap (1250 METRES)
Best Value 💰No. 1 FINAL WARNING $3.70 Bet Now!
Just forget FINAL WARNING ran around last start as we focus on his chances in this event today. The Time For War gelding was in good touch up until his latest effort at Townsville’s Cluden Park track. He drew wide that day and couldn’t go with them early, settling worse than mid-field. On straightening, he ran into some trouble and once finally clear, the damage was done and he was too far back to make an impact. Jockey, Emily Cass said after the race he would run better with the blinkers on. He ran that trip, 9.9 lengths slower than benchmark which is still the second-best here, only 1.5 lengths slower than Brilliant Mind’s last start effort. The four-year-old came home (final 600m), just 1 length slower than standard benchmark which is the best here. Trainer, Kayla Russell has taken the advice and put the blinkers back on for today’s contest. Scotty Sheargold takes the reins for the first time and from his wide gate is still expected to settle in the first four. Three previous starts at Cannon Park have resulted in three runner-up finishes, maybe he can shake the monkey here today.
Race 6 - 4:45PM JOSH OLIVER'S BIRTHDAY QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (950 METRES)
Best Bet 🏆No. 1 TENNESSEE BOY $3.90 Bet Now!
Roy Chillemi’s talented three-year-old TENNESSEE BOY looks ideally placed here and comes up as our best of the day. Last start, he could only manage third place in a BM70 over 1400m at Townsville but he had excuses that day. Jockey, Marnu Potgieter was having his first ride on the Spill The Beans gelding and not used to his racing pattern, lost his way on the home turn, fanning out to the middle of the track. That cost him at least two lengths and finishing the better, he was only beaten half a length on the line. Also, a vet’s exam after the race revealed the horse had done some damage to his shoulder. Despite all that, he still ran the trip, 5 lengths slower than benchmark which is 3 lengths better than his rivals here. He lines up after a four-week let-up and draws the fence which will be a big advantage over the 950m trip. Zac Lloyd makes the trip north from Brisbane for the ride and after his claim, the promising galloper will carry the same weight as last start. His resume is glowing, boasting 13 starts, for 13 podium finishes, comprising of seven wins and six minor placings. He currently is a real punters pal and looks the one to beat here.
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